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A Latin American Study Guide

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Virgin Islands British

Anguilla British

Montserrat British

Honduras British

New Grenada British

New Spain Spanish

New Grenada Spanish

Peru Spanish

La Plata Spanish

Cuba Spanish

Dominican Republic Spanish

St. Martin Dutch

Dutch Guiana Dutch

Brazil Portuguese

Guadeloupe French

Marie Glante French

Martinique French

St. Martin French

French Guiana French

Haiti French


1 Mainland- The region of densely populated area that stretches from the mainland of Mesoamerica to the northern South American rimland

2. Rimland- The area of heavy population density that is around the coast or the "rim" of South America

3. Mestizos- People of mixed heritage of European blood and indigenous Americans

4. Mulatto- People of mixed heritage between European and African

5. Favelas- Shanty town

6. Barrios- District or Neighborhood

7. Altitudinal Zonation- The classification of climate and vegetation based on the altitude

8. Maquiladora- A special factor constructed near the border which provides Mexicans jobs and the US cheap labor

9. NAFTA- North American Free Trade Association- A term to help Mexicans by introducing more jobs and also the US by moving businesses to places with cheaper wages

10. Latifundia- Huge plantations owned by the wealthy

11. Minifundia- Farms lent to farmers who could not afford land, this plan usually comes with sharecropping (you only keep a % of what you produce)

12. Ejido- The government promotes the communal farms so that everyone could all farm, originally by the indigenous people of America

13. Cash Crop- Crops raised to mainly produce profit and not for personal use

14. Ecotourism- Tourist destinations that shows the tourist both the natural scenic beauties, and the native people inhabiting them

15. Plantation Agriculture- Large scaled farming, usually not for subsistence cropping.

3. The population is concentrated along the coast, which is called the rimland and also the central Mesoamerica, called the mainland. The map on pg507 shows a higher concentration of dots near the rimland region and also the inland of central America

4. The pull factor for the early Europeans to the place was largely gold, silver and other valuable metals which they discovered that the native Americans had them

5. Latin America have a fast urban growth because more rural population are in poverty and are coming to the big cities to look for job even though there are non left, and so they will still be in poverty, but they have too much pride to admit their mistakes so they will stay in the big cities, waiting and hoping that someday god will give them a job.

6. The 4 factors of dry climates are Mountains, high landforms, which produces orographic precipitation and generally occurs on the leeward side of the



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